Yes Charles Wesley pictured above has a wig on but we’re talking about Jesus here. It’s Wesley who depicted Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, as “Gentle Jesus, meek and mild” in the 1700s.
But the image has stuck. We have been taught to see Jesus as an almost feminine figure in his gentle and loving nature, as if he is comforter and friend more than anything else.
But as even a man with no Christian faith could see, this is a modern heresy.
The Jesus of the Bible said “I came not to bring peace but a sword” Matthew 10:34 and “whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one” Luke 22:36
The Jesus of the gospels faced violence face to face saying;
“12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.”
The Jesus of the Bible confronted the ruling powers of his day boldly, knowing the consequences that would likely follow, saying;
15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.
and even more tersely, as if to egg on those who had power over him;
29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, 30 and say, ‘If we had been living in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partners with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 So you testify against yourselves, that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of the guilt of your fathers. 33 You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?
This is the man who overturned tables and brandishing a whip in the temple, incurring great wrath of leading men whom he knew would protect their position at all costs.
This is the Jesus who could’ve released himself from his fate by calling angels to rescue him, but instead endured humiliation, pain and suffering that is inconceivable to us.
This same Jesus, the lamb of God, is going to return as the Lion of Judah to judge the nations. But this Jesus is also the one who is even now reigning and subjecting all his enemies under his feet according to Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:
“24 then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.”
This is no feminine Jesus, this is a ruggedly masculine man with body of a carpenter and spirit of a lion.
Rise up oh men of God, have done with lesser things, give mind and heart and soul and strength, to serve the King of Kings.